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PBS
Sep 17, 2010 6:30pm PDT
already soaked as mexico reels from one of its widest seasons on record in the taliban insurgents in afghanistan have reportedly objected to least 20 people, including two candidates london before the country's parliamentary elections but but in kabul, the president called on voters to go to the polls despite them try to disrupt the election. some 2500 candidates are competing for 249 seats in the country's parliament. election results are not expected until sometime in october. and we will have more on the afghan elections, includingn interview with the german foreign minister, later on in this half-hour. each autumn, millions of people from around the world flocked to munich for the legendary octoberfest. this year, organizers are expecting even more people to attend. it is the two hundred anniversary of the beer festival the celebrations kicked off a day early this year with a huge party on friday. >> a brass band in traditional clothes, a parade, and of course, lots of beer. the oktoberfest is celebrating its routes this year. the munich may are married off three couples to symbo
CBS
Sep 28, 2010 4:30am PDT
afghanistan says top taliban leaders are talking to leaders of the afghan government. afghan president hamid karzai has said he will talk to the taliban if they renounce violence. taliban leaders have said they won't talk until foreign troops leave afghanistan. but general david petraeus said monday that high-level taliban leaders have sought to reach out to the afghan government. >>> meanwhile a major nato offensive is targeting a taliban stronghold in the southern afghanistan region. operation dragon strike began saturday. at least 18 u.s. soldiers have been killed in the fighting around kandahar. mandy clark reports. >> reporter: operation dragon strike is the most important battle in the afghan war so far. at least 8,000 u.s. troops are involved in the massive new offensive. >> this is it right here. >> reporter: the aim is to strike right at the heart of taliban territory. kandahar. >> roger, we have enemy pinned down here in the south. he's trying to fire to maneuver out. >> reporter: some of the fiercest fighting has been in zarhi, a neighborhood west of kandahar. there has been heavy
WHUT
Sep 20, 2010 7:00am EDT
their reputation massively, especially on this tour. it is starting to almost one of -- taliban is trying their hardest to try to break us. >> commanders were keen to show us what they achieved. how sangon has prospered and how much safer it has become. but this is what we saw. and long and brutal fight throughout much of the day. it doesn't happen all the time anymore. but it shows the taliban is still battling coalition troops. and now america must try to finish the job britain started. what just happened now is a 500 pound bomb has just been dropped on taliban positions. you can see the gun fire. this gunbattle has really been going on for the best part of 45 minutes. a couple of u.s. marines from the control of the 14th commando will marine -- royal marines. more than 10 soldiers and civilians were wounded. no british troops were injured this time. but they know what days like this are like. and the pain and death brings. >> morale destroyed. there have been some really bad days, especially when one of ours that killed. it was hard to carry on with what we were doing. it was ha
CSPAN
Sep 20, 2010 8:00pm EDT
taliban, so i applaud president obama for doing something that was exceedingly on popular with his base, and that is to plus up trooops. i am here to knowledge that our efforts in iraq did hurt our efforts in afghanistan. that we have a limited, all voluntary military, and as resources are dedicated to iraq, afghanistan them became the forgotten war. and as we try to a guy with the performance of our commanders before general petraeus, i would say one thing -- they held it together with wire and duct tape. and now, for the first time, i believe we have the right amount of resources and the right strategy that could lead to success, and that is a very difficult for america to hear six or seven, eight years after the war started. all that time has gone by and, really, we are just beginning to get it right. i am sorry to tell you that, but i believe it. now, this new strategy that involves do troops has a decent chance of success, but the outcome by no means is certain. the parties are pretty solid about where we should go and how we should get there. our tea party friends have done the co
CNN
Sep 5, 2010 10:00pm EDT
taliban. the latest step on the part of the afghan government to try to reintegrate some militants back into afghan society. david rhodes was kidnapped by the taliban and held captive for seven months before escaping. i asked him if he thinks this peace council offers a real possibility or if it is just a pipe dream. >> i would say most analysts think it is a small step forward. there may be many local taliban commanders inside afghanistan itself that might broker agreements, and so it is, these analysts say it is okay for president karzai to go ahead with this approach. the real issue is the taliban safe haven that's exist inside pakistan. and unless the pakistani army is willing to pressure the taliban that are using safe havens inside pakistan to launch cross border attacks, against american soldiers, it will be impossible to defeat the taliban. so it is a small step forward but without pakistan doing more, it is not going to solve the situation. >> with that said, i keep thinking about how in iraq, the awakening movement was a big turning point there and clearly there is some s
PBS
Sep 13, 2010 5:30pm PDT
steel mill. there were around 50 on board. survivors are treated in the hospital. the taliban threaten to cut off people's fingers if they try to vote on saturday. there is also a concern about corruption and fraud that overwhelmed last year's elections. in many parts of the country people are at risk so polling centers are closed. our correspondent has been in an area under taliban control. >> this is what it takes to report on the election. we are flying to one province. the only safe route is out here. we come to be a candidate for parliament. insurgents say they will kill anyone taking part in the elections. you need a small band of armed men to campaign. >> in it is like anarchy. >> this is who they are protecting. >> they taliban can come out and they can roam around. they can threaten people's lives, so many government officials are on that side of the road. >> this is like the land that time forgot. as wild as it is dangerous, pours farmers struggle to make a living. there is no police presence here. the only real authority is the taliban. despite changers -- despite d
CBS
Sep 17, 2010 7:00pm EDT
away from now for parliamentary elections. and the taliban have declared war on everyone associated with it-- including voters. in the last few weeks, at least 18 poll workers and one candidate have been kidnapped. in spite of that, plenty of afghans are willing to risk their lives for democracy. from kabul, here's mandy clark. >> reporter: as an afghan woman, everything about robina jalali is unconventional: ambitious, young and bristling with confidence, the 25-year-old is running for parliament. two years ago she was in a different race, running for afghanistan in the beijing olympics. she finished last then. tomorrow jalali hopes for a different result. "i represent youth and i represent women" she says. "and both need a voice in parliament." but constituents here are just as likely to kill candidates as they are to vote for them. >> look at this, this is my car. >> reporter: she was in the front seat campaigning when insurgents smashed in the windows. jalali is not alone. the taliban have threatened anyone involved in the elections. its campaign of terror has left three candida
ABC
Sep 25, 2010 11:30pm EDT
. forces in afghanistan. a major new offensive is under way to push the taliban out of an area that have virtually controlled route their existence kevin. bradley has this story. >> we are about to make history. this is a big surge and we will fight with valor and tremendous bravery. >> under cover of darkness, in the early morning, a massive and powerful force of 8000 troops launched operation dragon strike. >> go, go, go! >> 3 simultaneous attacks. the call at -- it is a taliban stronghold. most of the day was spent finding and destroying weapon caches. as for the taliban, they are nowhere to be found. knowing they were coming, they wisely fled to stand and fight another day. combat engineers use plastic explosives to destroy bomb making facilities and clear improvised explosive devices for the advancing troops. the green zone it is the gateway to afghanistan's second-largest city. for years, going back to the soviet occupation, the taliban has used it as their own personal highway for moving troops and weapons and smuggling drugs. the region was also a safe haven for the taliban,
CBS
Sep 4, 2010 7:30pm EDT
administration is divided. they don't want to lose this war and have the taliban execute. they don't want to keep bleeding the country either. they have a real problem in this sense. the liberal ring of the democratic party is moving away from the administration and there's a small antiwar conservative movement that is growing in the media and on capitol hill. so we are coming to a head in december when they had the december review of afghanistan. >> eleanor. >> i don't think they are working away from the july 2011 to begin exiting and they have a review planned for the end of december. and general patraeus, in the should remember short time he has been over there, they are empowering the neighborhood. they are essentially militias, triable areas and not have them answering generally to the central government. but basically empowering all the local communities, which is what they did in iraq. if they begin to show promise, they will stick with that. if it doesn't show promise, they will be looking for the exit ramp pretty quickly. >> okay, eleanor. the question is not if, but when. >> ma
CSPAN
Sep 21, 2010 6:00am EDT
would be allowing the taliban to come back in power in portions or all of the country. i have one simple thought -- the taliban running anything is not a good idea. particularly i you happen to be a young woman and you believe in religious freedom and tolerance. but what does it really matter? their places -- there are places on the planet where women are treated horribly and we do not have one troop. so this is not just about righting wrongs that may come towards young women. i would argue that within a decade of 9/11 our efforts in afghanistan sult and having to do a deal with withthe taliban where they are back in power, at least in part, then our national security has not been well served. on september 12, 2001, how many of us in wasngton would have ever envisioned of negotiating with the taliban so that we could come home from afghanistan? ladies and gentlemen, if we leave afghanistan in a chaot state, where the taliban have much say and control, it will be a matter of time before the forces they gathered before 9/11 gather again in that same country. but i would argue that t
CBS
Sep 27, 2010 7:00pm EDT
taliban leaders are now reaching out to the afghan government to begin reconciliation talks. but despite that overture, coalition forces have stepped up their attacks. over the weekend, u.s. helicopters crossed into pakistan, something they rarely do. and the pakistani government, a key ally, protested. but the air strikes reportedly killed more than 70 militants. and in the south, u.s. and afghan troops began a much-anticipated offensive to kick the taliban out of their hometown of kandahar. from from afghanistan, here's mandy clark. >> reporter: operation dragon strike. it's the most important battle in the afghan war so far. at least 8,000 u.s. troops are involved in the massive new offensive. >> this is where they're at right here. >> reporter: the aim is to strike right at the heart of taliban territory-- kandahar. >> roger, we have enemy pinned down here in the south. they keep trying to fire to maneuver out. >> reporter: some of the fearest fighting has been in zahri, a neighborhood west of kandahar. there has been heavy battles here for weeks as u.s. troops prepared for the assau
CNN
Sep 28, 2010 1:00pm EDT
. a war aimed at toppling the taliban regime and posing a future threat. which. has not done. at the moment, troops are fighting and dying to keep the taliban at bay with no end in sight. only goals for future drawdowns of the troops. look at this map. afghanistan, you may know as a country, but it is a patchwork of areas controlled at least on paper by troops from various countries. now we get word from kabul of a high peace council. their words. assembled by the afghan government apparently with the blessing of the united states. village elders, former warlords, 70age ganns in all including ten women called to begin and i quote "serious substantive dialogue with the armed opposition." the armed opposition is the taliban. no less the senior u.s. commander in afghanistan, general david petraeus on the record saying high-level contacts are already well underway but afghan leaders insist the process is at best in its infancy. so that you understand this. this means that the afghan government with the support of the united states is admitting that they are negotiating with the taliban f
CNN
Sep 5, 2010 7:00pm EDT
reintegrate taliban militants back to afghan society? president karzai has created a peace counsel to pursue talks with the taliban. the question is, will it work? i'll talk with "the new york times" reporter who was kidnapped by the taliban and escaped. on the most demandink in the world. with us, in spirit, was every great car that we'd ever competed with. the bmw m5. and the mercedes-benz e63. for it was their amazing abilities that pushed us to refine, improve and, ultimately, develop the world's fastest production sedan. [ engine revving ] the cts-v, from cadillac. the new standard of the world. the cts-v, from cadillac. my joints ache so bad, i wake up in pain every day. i want to know why. i want to know why my hair is falling out. how did this happen? how did this happen? a little pain in my knee. that's how it started. that's how it started, this rash on my face. now it's like my body is attacking me. i want answers. announcer: when you don't have the right answers, it may be time to ask your doctor the right question. could i have lupus? and i'm actual agent larissa buera
FOX News
Sep 11, 2010 6:00pm EDT
the pakinsti taliban overseas is cited by the intelligence community as an example of the first threat stream. there is carlos bledsoe, the alleged shooter at a military recruitment center. an example of the second threat stream. we spoke with the national counterterrorism center, set up after 9-11, to counter the information. in the main lobby is a 9-11 memorial rarely seen by the public. there is a piece of the twin towers, rubble from the pentagon, and are mains of a flag that flew at ground zero. he says these things are constant rinder of why their work is important and he also told fox that while the country is safer, it is not yet safe given the attempted bombing on christmas day, the bombing inimes square, and the shooting at fort hood. >> i think we have to t continuously try to improve and then also accept that we are a resilient country and that small attacks like that don't threaten cannd the only way that we actually threaten our society is to overreact and give terrorists a victory that they otherwise wouldn't have. >> this week a report that was presented by the c
CBS
Sep 26, 2010 7:30pm EDT
skilled. they lead the local afghans in battle, but both fight in the name of the taliban. how much area around here does the taliban control? >> hintz: wow, that's... i have probably 300 square kilometers, and the vast majority is controlled by the taliban. we push hard, we patrol heavy, we go out there, but i would say probably 18 to 20 square kilometers is what i think i own. >> logan: out of 300? >> hintz: yes. >> logan: are there areas here that you... you can't even go into at all, taliban areas? >> hintz: yes. there's multiple areas in this... in this sector that i can't go into. >> logan: i mean, that's incredible. i think people listening to that will just be wondering, "how can we be nine years into this war?" and i mean, you're sitting here surrounded by taliban villages that, in some cases, you can't even go into. >> hintz: i think the challenge is in finding out, you know, how to separate the taliban from the village. >> logan: that's the challenge hintz and his men faced on this mission to a village that's asked for help rebuilding their canal. it's the core of the u.s. str
MSNBC
Sep 15, 2010 12:00pm EDT
midnight on a bright moonlit night and they were ambushed by taliban fighters. he himself was knocked to the ground knocked in the chest by two enemy bullets and leaped to his feet to run right into the hail of gun fire. throwing grenades and shooting all the way. he found one of the fellow soldiers wounded being dragged away by two taliban fighters. he killed one of those taliban the other taliban made a flight away. and then he temporarily dragged that soldier to safety. unfortunately, that soldier later died and another soldier died in that action but for his heroics, the white house announced last week that sergeant giunta that joined at 18 years old would be awarded the medal of honor in probably late october early november. contessa contessa contessa? >> we'll watch for him to speak from ititaly. thank you, jim. >> you got it. >>> the fight continues in afghanistan. a massive assault as u.s. and afghan forces join forces taking on the taliban stronghold in the south. there it is. hundreds of troops intent on ousting insurgent taliban fighters from kandahar. some of the 101st airbor
CBS
Sep 27, 2010 6:30pm EDT
, the campaign ads are getting nasty. >> the taliban dan webster, hands off our bodies. >> couric: and everybody in the world has a story. but can steve hartman get him to tell it? captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, each. the future of the country will soon be in their hands but america's school children are not keeping up with the competition from overseas. today president obama said one answer is more school. he wants to extend the school year by as much as a month. the president also said he knows firsthand the challenges many schools are facing, including right in the nation's capital. here's our chief white house correspondent chip reid. >> reporter: president obama's daughters, seventh grader malia, and fourth grader sasha go to an elite private school where tuition is more than $30,000 a year. today, the president, a strong proponent of public schools, was asked if he thought his daughters would get the same high quality education in a d.c. public school. >> i'l
PBS
Sep 18, 2010 12:30am PDT
threats from the taliban. washington has warned there are serious security threats. hours before the polling opened there was a big explosion heard in kabul, the capital and it was thought to be a rocket attack the and bbc has uncovered evidence that voters are being approached to sell their polling papers and more. >> once again, afghans are going to the polls. this time for paraphernalia -- parliament. officials want to avoid the corruption and fraud in last year's presidential vote but we found that candidates are again trying to fix 9 results. these two men are afraid to be identified, but their story undermines claims that this election will be any cleaner than the last because more than 10 candidates for parliament have tried to buy their family's voting cards. >> we are going to sell the cards. we are poor people and politicians haven't done anything for us. if kds -- candidates are trying to buy votes why should you expect anything different from them? so we will sell our cards for money. >> and it's not just real cards being sold. there are "4 downs" -- thousands of fake one
NBC
Sep 5, 2010 5:00pm PDT
. >>> one newspaper claims it has evidence of directly sending taliban attacks on american soldiers. >>> google celebrates a mi milestone this weekend. at the same time, it's the center of an anti-trust investigation. >>> we'll tell you how the san francisco zoo finally got their fla mi flamingos to mate after seven years. >>> live from san bruno mountain, lots of sunshine around the bay area. i'll tell you how much lck t ra. willtick around. into your labor day. your forecast coming up. >>> it's long been suspended that iran could be sending terror cells in afghanistan, but confirmation of that has been elusive. now a british newspaper claims to have found a clear link. nbc's tom asheville has the details from britain. >> about $700,000 has been transferred to the taliban. it follows a treasurer who comes down and picks up the money in cash. he's told the sunday times that the taliban is paying up to $1,000 for every dead american and $6,000 for the destruction of any armorred vehicle belonging to the american forces. taliban agencies do confirm that iran has supplied some material
CBS
Sep 9, 2010 5:30pm PDT
done? just today, the taliban spread leaflets in afghanistan saying america is islam's biggest enemy. plus fighting a killer, pancreatic cancer. >> couric: what is your most profound hope? >> my hope is a cure katie reports a cure could soon be within reach thanks to stan up 2 cancer and its dream team of researchers. captioning sponsored by cbs from cbs news world headquarters in new york, this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> smith: good evening. katie will be along later in the broadcast. we begin with a stunning development in the story that has ignited a firestorm of controversy all over the world. late today, the florida minister who promised to burn copies of the koran on the anniversary of 9/11 said he was canceling the event. pastor terry jones said it's part of an agreement to move a planned islamic cultural center away from ground zero. though the center's imam tonight insisted there is no such deal and he says he's never even spoken to jones. the pastor's decision followed an appeal from president obama and a personal phone call from defense secretary rober
CBS
Sep 28, 2010 7:00pm EDT
the board interpakistan which has been a safe haven for al qaeda and the taliban. today a c.i.a. missile reportedly killed four militants in south waziristan, that makes at least the 21 drone attacks this month a record. for american troops, the threat from pakistan is a constant one. chief foreign affairs correspondent lara logan on assignment for "60 minutes" was with them on the border and under fire. >> we've got to move, guys, i'm pin downd from both sides. >> reporter: the ambush was well timed, hitting u.s. soldiers at the most vulnerable spot in this canyon a few miles from the afghan border with pakistan. they made it out safely by running from rock to rock through the gun fire. but very often in this hostile border area, they don't get so lucky. their enemy is a mix of afghan's al qaeda and the pakistani taliban, the same group behind the attempted bombing in new york's times square last may. you're fighting afghan taliban but you're also fighting pakistani taliban. >> yes. >> reporter: lieutenant colonel joel vowell commands a forward operating base five miles from th
PBS
Sep 17, 2010 7:00pm PDT
military campaign toppled the taliban in 2001, marking an important step in the nation's reconstruction as the united states prepares to begin withdrawing its troops starting next july. but because of the grave security conditions, concerns are growing over whether the afghan people will be able to safely cast their ballots. >> reporter: afghans go to the polls on saturday to choose about 250 lower house members. the afghan government and international community regard election as an important step in speeding up the country's reconstruction. taliban insurgents have repeatedly launched attacks in many parts of the country to obstruct the election organized by the pro western administration and president hamid karzai. >> reporter: the u.s. military's training afghan troops and police officers ahead of the scheduled withdrawal from the nation beginning next july. however, neither americans nor afghan security forces have been able to contain taliban attacks. in herat, a large city in western afghanistan was under control until not too long ago by the taliban. but in recent
NBC
Sep 6, 2010 4:30am PDT
newspaper the sunday times says iran is directly funding the taliban to attack u.s. forces in afghanistan. they say five companies have bet on construction contracts financed by foreign donors and some of that money comes back through kabul and is paid to taliban commanders. tom aspell has more from afghanistan. >> the sunday times investigation says that over the past six months b $100,000 has been transferred to the taliban in the province. it follows a treasurer who comes down from the province and picks up the money and cash. he's told the sunday times that the taliban is paying up to $1,000 for every dead american and $6,000 for the destruction of any armored vehicle belonging to the american forces. it is known in the past and foreign intelligence agencies do confirm that iran has supplied some materials and weapons for taliban fighters in certain parts of afghanistan, but this is a major investigation conducted by the british sunday times, and it says that if true, this is iran directly funding the taliban to attack american forces. now, western intelligence agencies an
PBS
Sep 13, 2010 2:30pm PDT
area largely under taliban control here. >> this is what it takes to report from the election. we're flying to the province. two hours by road from the capital but said danger is the only safe route is up here. we have come to meet the candidate for parliament. the insurgents say they will kill anyone taking part in the election. the campaigning communities all band of armed men. >> i think it is more or less -- >> this is to they are protecting. >> the taliban can come out and they can roam around in these areas. and they can take certain people's life. so many government officials that live on that side aired the road and on the side of the road. >> this is like the land that time forgot. as wild as it is dangerous, or country nomads and poor farmers struggled to make a living. no governance and no police presence here. the only real authority is the taliban. despite the dangers, he is committed to meet the man with the orange beard. he is the tribal element which means he can guarantee the support of the entire village. but only if people feel safe of up to vote. >> we're scared t
ABC
Sep 19, 2010 5:30pm PDT
victim, the taliban attacked voters in afghanistan and children pay the price. >>> and lights out for the last american factory making one of this country's greatest inventions, the ordinary incandescent light bulb. >>> good evening. the airport is closed. the windows are closed. the sandbags are filled. and tonight, the 60,000 people on bermuda are bracing for hurricane igor. it's heading right for tiny bermuda. so vulnerable out there in the middle of the atlantic. there have been stronger storms but what makes igor stand out. is its size. a huge pinwheel of fury that's expected to pound bermuda for hours. our david kerley is there tonight. >> reporter: the full strength of igor is just starting to reach bermuda. the center should pass by in just a couple of hours to our west. igor has been downgraded to a category 1. but residents are taking it very seriously. because they expect a near-direct hit. even the leading edge of igor is powerful. reaching out 100 miles from its center. igor may be a category 1 as it hits bermuda, it's a massive storm, it's a heavy storm. 14 hours of this
MSNBC
Sep 4, 2010 10:00am EDT
storm earl. we'll bring you live reports at the top of the hour. >>> a new statement from a taliban leader in pakistan warning the terror group is planning attacks in the u.s. and europe. a senior taliban commander tells the associated press he's proud the u.s. has added his organization to its international terrorism blacklist. he also says america should expect a fresh wave of attacks that would resemble the attempted time square bombing earlier this year. but just how credible is this threat? joining me now, nbc terrorism analyst evan coleman. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> are you wore idea aboried ab? >> there was a lot of skepticism that the pakistani taliban attempted that bombing. now was it the most sophisticated terrorist attack we've ever seen? no. it was failed. it was rather amateurish. the nor they try this the better they're going to get. if you look at a video recording for which they took credit of times square, they didn't talk about this being one aack, they talked about it being the beginning of a series of attacks against the united states in -- inside
MSNBC
Sep 5, 2010 11:00am EDT
new report in the leading british paper claims iran may be financing attacks by the taliban against u.s. interests in afghanistan. according to the sunday times in london, taliban militants are getting paid thousands to carry out these attacks. nbc's tom aspell is in kabul with the latest. tom with a good day to you, what can you tell us? >> well, the british sunday times says one of its reporters has met with a taliban treasurer from wardak province west of kabul who makes regular trips into kabul to go to five iranian construction companies which then give him cash to carry back to the shadowed governor of wardak province, who distributes the money to taliban fighters. they each get paid about $200 a month and are given a bonus of a thousand dollars if they kill an american and $6,000 if they destroy an armored vehicle belonging to the americans. now the "sunday times" says these companies have been in existence about six months, take money from foreign donors, for reconstruction projects, send the profits back to tehran by the banking system and return some of the money to kabul
CSPAN
Sep 20, 2010 11:00pm EDT
would have been impossible to change the momentum that had been lost to the taliban, so i applaud president obama for doing something that was exceedingly on popular with his base, and that is to plus up trooops. i am here to knowledge that our efforts in iraq did hurt our efforts in afghanistan. that we have a limited, all voluntary military, and as resources are dedicated to iraq, afghanistan them became the forgotten war. and as we try to a guy with the performance of our commanders before general petraeus, i would say one thing -- they held it together with wire and duct tape. and now, for the first time, i believe we have the right amount of resources and the right strategy that could lead to success, and that is a very difficult for america to hear six or seven, eight years after the war started. all that time has gone by and, really, we are just beginning to get it right. i am sorry to tell you that, but i believe it. now, this new strategy that involves do troops has a decent chance of success, but the outcome by no means is certain. the parties are pretty solid about wher
CBS
Sep 18, 2010 6:00pm PDT
afghan girls with the help of a few cups of tea. >> glor: afghan officials say taliban attacks killed at least 11 civilians during today's parliamentary elections. turnout was estimated at 40%, with 3.6 million voters taking part. the voting was generally peaceful in most pace places. there were numerous claims of irregularities and fraud. in a war zone like afghanistan talking to the taliban may sound like a futile strategy yet that's what one american does, in some cases with surprising results. that is the focus of tonight's weekend journal-- what one volunteer has accomplished with just a few cups of tea. greg mortenson's success begins with failure. an attempt to climb k-2, the second highest mountain on earth, became a lost cause. when he became disoriented and stumbled into a primitive village in the far reaches of pakistan, the villagers took him in, and in return, mortenson promised to build them a school. that was 17 years ago. today, 145 schools later, mortenson has helped educate 64,000 children in the most remote areas of pakistan and afghanistan. 90% of them are g
CSPAN
Sep 9, 2010 1:00pm EDT
. that counterinsurgency, with the goal of defeating the afghan taliban and stabilizing afghanistan has kind of come to an end in itself. it is not an end in itself. it is, to put it bluntly, the result of a nine-year long mission creed that has accompanied our presence there. and it represents a major displacement from the original reason for our military intervention in afghanistan back in 2001, which was to rouse al qaeda from its afghan home, and to drastically taliban from power, the then al qaeda allied. the central focus is the disconnect between the stated rationale of keeping american safe from terrorism, and actual operational objectives from defeating militarily the afghan taliban and nation-building in afghanistan. the conflict in afghanistan is -- commonly perceived as a struggle. on the one hand, between the karzai government and on the other hand, in certain taliban movement allied with international terrorists. whereas, in fact, it is a complicated, messi, civil war that has various dimensions. it is almost a vote -- impossible to keep track of. u.s. military victory
PBS
Sep 6, 2010 6:00pm PDT
. the taliban are saying they carried out a suicide bombing that killed 19 people. this is pakistan's third big attack in days. the taliban blames police for encouraging local people to form militias against them. >> heavy machinery digging through the ruins of the police station. the bomber had driven a car into an alley behind the building. they spread rubble around the area. >> i saw it with my own eyes. i was in the mosque with relatives. one was killed, and the other was injured. >> several children were killed, too. the wounded were taken to the local hospital. >> i said my morning prayers and went to sleep. suddenly, there was a vague ban -- big bang. this followed a triple bombing but mark the end of a relative lull in violence. the pakistani taliban said it was responsible and threatened attacks in the united states and europe very soon. in the north, people are beginning to rebuild. >> it is clear enough time at the riverview hotel -- cleanup time at the riverview hotel. the floodwaters rose over the first floor, but the owner says aid and compensation may never c
CBS
Sep 21, 2010 12:00pm EDT
nato helicopter dids down in afghanistan. 10 are dead. now the taliban is claiming responsibility. hello. here's what people are talking about in afghanistan. that deadliest helicopter crash in four years. ten nato troops are dead. we have the latest for wjz. >> reporter: ten troops were killed when a nato helicopter killed in this southern region of afghanistan. cbs news reports it was an american black hawk and that nine of the dead are americans, one an afghan soldier. it's the worst helicopter crash for coalition forces in four years. officials don't know yet what brought down the chopper. the taliban claims insurgents shot this down but nato says there were no reports of enemy fire in the area. sources tell cbs news the helicopter was flying a secret special operations mission in a taliban dominated region. these covert operations often take place under the cover of night, targeting insurgent leaders and find drugs and weapons. choppers are crucial for getting around this rugged country. already this year 525 u.s. and nato service members have been killed in afghanistan, maki
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